Apartment Fire at Senior Housing Complex
At 10:26 pm on December 18, 2019, Louisville Fire was dispatched to a report of a fire alarm at the Boulder County Housing Authority senior complex Lydia Morgan at 1450 Lincoln Ave. When crews arrived on-scene, they discovered a working fire. Residential sprinklers were able to contain the fire to one apartment.
While searching the unit, crews located a person. The individual was pronounced dead at the scene. No additional injuries from occupants or firefighters were reported. Residents evacuated the building following the alarm and returned to their apartments after the Fire District declared it was safe.
Staff from the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services, which includes the BCHA, are on-site at Lydia Morgan and working to keep residents comforted and informed. Assistance was also provided by Rocky Mountain Fire, Lafayette Fire and Red Cross.
“All of us are deeply saddened and offer our condolences to the victim’s family and the residents of Lydia Morgan,” said Boulder County Housing Authority Deputy Director Norrie Boyd. “We work closely with our community members and will be supporting the family and residents over the coming days and weeks in any way we can.”
Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services staff are also collaborating with Louisville Police and Fire departments as they continue their work in response to the incident.
“We are deeply grateful for the rapid response from Louisville police and fire personnel, which helped ensure Lydia Morgan residents were kept safe and the building was secure,” Boyd said. “Louisville’s first responders are excellent partners in helping our community feel welcome, supported, and safe.”
In addition to the fire suppression systems at Lydia Morgan, which kept the flames isolated to a small area, the fire alarm system alerted residents who were able to quickly evacuate the 30-unit building. At one point during the night, ambulances helped keep some of the residents warm as they waited to return to their homes.
Questions about this incident should be directed to the City Manager's Office at 303.335.4528.